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Origins of WD-40

Before you read to the end, can you name the main ingredient of WD-40?

‘Water Displacement #40’ The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.

Its name comes from the project that was to find a ‘water displacement’ compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. Here are some of its uses:

WD-40: Marvellous Stuff!

  1. Protects silver from tarnishing
  2. Removes road tar and grime from cars
  3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
  4. Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery
  5. Keeps flies off cow
  6. Restores and cleans chalkboards
  7. Removes lipstick stains
  8. Loosens stubborn zippers
  9. Untangles jewellery chains
  10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
  11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill
  12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidising
  13. Removes tomato stains from clothing
  14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots
  15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors
  16. Keeps scissors working smoothly
  17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
  18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It does’t seem to harm the finish and you wo’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks
  19. Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
  20. Gives a childre’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide
  21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers
  22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises
  23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open
  24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close
  25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers
  26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles
  27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
  28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling
  29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly
  30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools
  31. Removes splattered grease on stove
  32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
  33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs
  34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)
  35. Removes all traces of duct tape
  36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain
  37. Florida ‘s favourite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
  38. The favourite use in the state of New York , WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements
  39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some statesUse it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch
  40. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag
  41. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!

    And Finally the one you all know:

  42. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

P.S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

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